Puerto Rico suffered an estimated $94 billion or more in damage, on top of an already sagging economy and $74 billion in debt. The island needs a total reboot. Can it do it sustainably?
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Some towns and cities can get soaked even when the skies are dry—and these so-called sunny day floods are on the rise thanks to climate change.
Natural disaster reconstruction will not be easy, but our greatest assets in the rebuilding efforts are our communities and our common values.
First responders have learned how to reduce the death toll from natural disasters, but America’s long-term response and approach to reconstruction suffers from uncertainty, bureaucracy and inadequate resources of every kind. Until we understand that disaster reconstruction is not part of emergency response, it will remain a disaster.
In October 2012, Sandy devastated large swaths of the city with floods and fire. How well have we recovered? And will we be ready for the next big storm?
If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says a study underway at Columbia.
The federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was far too slow and small to deal with the massive scale of the disaster, but the future potential for Puerto Rico could be achieved by constructing a more resilient, storm-resistant built environment.
Vulnerable infrastructure is a crisis that calls for enhanced governmental capacity to address a new, national issue of national security.
New York’s lessons from Hurricane Sandy can help in the wake of Harvey and Irma.